September 21 The Richhill Apple Fayre

Chefs John White, Mervyn Steenson and Mark Winter

Thousands prepare for the fantastic Richhill Apple Harvest Fayre 2018

The Richhill Apple Harvest Fayre is a popular country village fayre which attracts thousands of people every year to celebrate the PGI protected Armagh Bramley Apple. This is a fantastic FREE fun day out for all of the family.

Go along to Richhill on Saturday, October 27 where there will be over 30 artisan food and drink producers, a tugo’war, a tasting theatre, hot and cold drinks and food, a scarecrow competition and much more. The event runs from 9am to 5pm. See you there!

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September 4 Brand Journalism In the Press

Trevor Knipe of Ballymartrim Woods in Co Armagh will run the Dublin Marathon in October 2018

Grandfather inspired by woodland is in training to run Dublin Marathon

A 67-YEAR-old landowner from Co Armagh is preparing to run his first ever marathon this year after being inspired by a woodland which was planted on his land three years ago. Trevor Knipe, of Ballymartrim Wood, planted over five hectares of native Irish trees, which he has since opened up to the public for walking and fundraising events.

The Forest Expansion Scheme grant is up to 100 per cent funded and attracts an annual income of up to £425 for 10 years and can be in addition to Single Farm Payments.

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April 23 Brand Journalism In the Press

Skunkworks Surf Co ride Crowdcube wave to revolutionise surf industry

SKUNKWORKS surfing siblings who made the headlines globally in 2016 for their revolutionary design surfboards have hit their first target of £350,000 on day one in a Crowdcube campaign and are now on a mission to reach their final target of £600,000.

In one week, 199 investors have jumped on board raising a total of £405,260 through Exeter based Crowdcube. What a fantastic opportunity. Read the story for the full details.

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March 17 In the Press

Bluegrass Horse Feeds – Feeding Cheltenham’s Irish Champions

IT’S the calm after the storm as Irish trainers leave the Cotswolds  after what has been one of the most exciting festivals in recent years. The 2018 Cheltenham Festival  has put Irish trainers in the spotlight yet again with Bluegrass Horse Feeds’ customer Gordon Elliott making huge impact on the turf.

At the County Tyrone mill, the Bluegrass team were glued to the finish line all week as Irish champions cleaned up. Here’s a piece we submitted to the Irish Field on behalf of Bluegrass Horse Feeds.

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August 17 Brand Journalism

Oyster farmer Patrice Bonnargent.

Meet the oyster farmer who is taking the taste of our shores back in-land

Oyster farmer Patrice Bonnargent is working hard in Killough, Co Down, to bring the best oysters to the UPU Plough Festival which takes place from August 24-26 where you could win £1,000 in a competition.

We speak to Patrice about oyster farming ahead of the festival which is taking place at The Plough Inn to raise money for next year’s Hillsborough International Oyster Festival which had to be cancelled this year due to a change in funding arrangements and rising costs.

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August 1 Brand Journalism

MGMPR - a brand journalism approach to PR in Northern Ireland

Five years of using brand journalism in Northern Ireland

Eleanor McGillie saw a gap in the market and she decided to fill it by introducing a brand journalism approach to public relations in Northern Ireland by setting up MGMPR.

This message engaging concept is being embraced by companies and organisations who recognise the power of relevant and meaningful storytelling. Celebrating five years in business today we look back at the last five years and see how brand journalism has been embraced by Northern Ireland companies. Have a read:

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June 5 In the Press

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Woodland consultant hits milestone by planting her one millionth tree

Carolyn Trimble from County Armagh is the owner of IndiWoods – a woodland consultancy practice specialising in securing funding for farmers or landowners who wish to plant trees on their land.

The scheme brings environmental rewards, financial gain for landowners and health and wellbeing benefits for our overall community. The scheme empowers landowners to plant a minimum of five hectares of woodland with Carolyn specialising in native broadleaf woodlands.

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January 27 In the Press

The Emerson's Foundation, through the NISA MADL Fund, hands over a cheque for £1,000 to the Air Ambulance for Northern Ireland Fund.

Emerson’s Foundation hands over £1,000 donation for Air Ambulance NI

The Emerson’s Foundation in Armagh aims to help transform local communities by giving to charitable causes through its MADL Fund.

Here, members of the Foundation’s committee hand over a cheque for £1,000 and a canvas picture to the family of Lesley Ann McCarragher who died last year after being struck by a car. This donation of £1,000, from our NISA MADL Fund, will hopefully go some way in helping the McCarragher family with their fundraising targets.

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December 3 In the Press

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Blue Ocean Monitoring team expands as demand for data monitoring platforms increase

Blue Ocean Monitoring is a global oceanographic and environmental survey company which provides leading edge services to coastal and off-shore industries.

The company, which has offices in Australia, USA, Singapore and Europe, has announced it is expanding its team with the appointment of Ramsay Lind who is now based at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton to meet the increasing global demand for ocean data monitoring platforms.

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November 29 In the Press

Teachers' are being balloted for strike action

7,000 teachers are being balloted for strike action as fair pay rise talks fail

Thousands of teachers across Northern Ireland could be walking out of classrooms in December as part of strike action as fair pay talks break down, says union.

The Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO) are balloting its 7,000 members for strike action as it claims talks between employers and the Department of Education have broken down. Gerry Murphy, INTO’s Northern Secretary, says teachers have had enough and the education system is at a crisis point. Here’s the story:

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November 23 In the Press

Economy Minister Simon Hamilton has announced ten businesses, two of which are new investors are to create 100 new jobs in the North West an investment of over £5.6million in the local economy. Speaking at Invest Northern Ireland’s Timber Quay offices the Minister said: “This multi million investment by indigenous businesses and UK investors is positive news for Londonderry. The 100 new jobs being created span a range of roles and industries including software development, engineering, marketing and finance, and once in place will contribute over £2.5million in additional salaries to the local economy.” Pictured with the Minister are Des Gartland, Invest NI North West Regional Manager, Conleth Doherty from Factory Automation Systems Technologies Ltd and John Deery from Mechanical Installations & Maintenance both of who announced they would be recruiting as part of their investment plans. Photo by Simon Graham/Harrison Photography

FAST Technologies announce 17 new jobs and £1.1million investment for the North West

FAST Technologies is an innovative solutions focused company providing collaborative robotics, automation and software solutions for SMEs and large bluechip companies.

The company employs 30 people and exports products across the UK, the Republic of Ireland, Asia, Scandinavia and the US. Today, FAST Technologies announced a £1.1million investment for the North West with the creation of 17 new highly skilled jobs. Congratulations to FAST Technologies on this announcement. Here’s the story:

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November 23 In the Press

Students at Markethill High School support Putting Pupils First Campaign

Principal says Sixth Form must be ‘an unstoppable force’ in Putting Pupils First Campaign

Markethill High School’s principal, James Maxwell, says the Putting Pupils First campaign continues its push for Sixth Form.

Mr Maxwell was speaking directly to parents, pupils, teachers, DUP MLA Emma-Little Pengelly and the media when he described the status quo in relation to post-16 provision for pupils from the Protestant Controlled community as ‘a disgrace, unequal and unfair’ and said it was time the status quo was ‘condemned to the dustbin of history’. Here’s the story:

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November 8 In the Press

Teachers' are being balloted for strike action

Hundreds of teachers picket at school gates as 60 schools protest over pay

Hundreds of teachers across Northern Ireland will picket at school gates at lunchtime today over a pay dispute with Stormont.

Teachers, from four unions, INTO, UTU, ATL and NAHT, are demonstrating at the school gates asking parents and members of the public to lobby their local MLA as to why the Government do not appear to place value on the education of children across the province. Here’s the full story about today’s action across the region.

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August 26 In the Press

Brand journalism

Brand journalism agency looks forward to the stories of NI’s Top 20 Inspiring Women

MGMPR Ltd is a PR agency which uses brand journalism to get results for clients. When the editor of Business First magazine approached us to sponsor this feature we were delighted.

Top 20 Most Inspiring Women is a feature which celebrates women in business in Northern Ireland. At the end of September we will be hosting a lunch where we will be delighted to hear the stories of these amazing women who are doing great things in the world of business.

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August 25 In the Press

New build school Markethill

Pupil numbers increase to 515 as community renews calls for new build and sixth form

Markethill High School remains on the Education Authority’s priority list for a new build school. Since August 2012 the school has been campaigning for a new build school and sixth form.

The Minister for Education, Mr Peter Weir, has written to Principal James Maxwell to say he commends the ongoing good work at the school and says he hopes to visit the school imminently. The school says campaigning for a new build school and sixth form provision remains top of the agenda at Markethill High.

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